Marine Drive is the most easily identifiable landmark associated with Mumbai and is indicative of the glamor and glitter of the city. It is essentially 3.6 km long, arc-shaped boulevard along the South Mumbai coast that starts at the southern end of Nariman Point and ends at Girgaum Chowpatty, popularly known as Chowpatty Beach. The coast wraps the Arabian sea and is the best place in Mumbai to watch the sunset or even to just take a leisurely stroll by the sea any time of the day or night. At night, when the whole coastline lights up, it justifies its other moniker i.e. Queen's Necklace.
Juhu beach is the longest beach in Mumbai and the most popular among tourists as well. It is renowned for its wide variety of street food that has a typical Mumbai flavour and is sweet and sour. The surrounding area of Juhu is one of the poshest localities in Mumbai and is home to a lot of famous Bollywood and TV celebrities - the most famous being Amitabh Bachchan's bungalow - and it is not rare to spot a celebrity jogging on the beach.
Popularly known as Chowpatty, the beach is located in southern Mumbai along the western railway route. This small sandy beach is a popular place to chill, and a must visit for all tourists who visit Marine Drive for the first time. At night, the beach appears to look like a colourful fair. Children from all age groups rush to ride the Ferris wheel and merry-go-rounds, while the adults indulge in the city's famous street snacks. Visitors also head to nearby attractions and local markets, to get the most out of their day out.
Kamala Nehru Park is a famous recreational attraction located in the heart of the city. It is a favourite spot for jogging, walks or just for spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of the routine life. The Park is also in close proximity from some colleges, schools and hostels. So, one would find groups of students exercising or just hanging out after a busy day. Having said that, it is a great place for people belonging to all age groups. People get their children; the elderlies visit and parents also steal some time off from their home and work lives.
Hanging Garden is a terrace garden situated on top of the Malabar Hill, right next to the Kamla Nehru Park. It overlooks the stunning Arabian Sea and was built in 1880 by Mr. Ulhas Ghapokar. The stunning gardens are dedicated to Barrister Pherozeshah Mehta and are also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens. In fact, when viewed from above, one can clearly see the letter PMG spelt out in the gardens. The garden has impeccable animal shaped hedges and lush green vegetation along with a serene bird's eye view of the Arabian Sea.
Spread across a vast area of 520 acres, the Film City is comprised of about twenty indoor studios and is located in Aarey Colony, Mumbai, Film City is often regarded as a home of Bollywood. The place is so vast that about 1000 film sets can be erected here simultaneously. Over the years, it has been the locations for a number of Bollywood films. Almost over 900 movies and many more television shows have also been shot here. Today, Film City has grown to be one of the best film studios, well-equipped with all the essential amenities and world-class facilities. Not only is it a great place for film shoots, but it is also filled with verdant greenery and refreshing expanses.
Squeezed between the two suburbs of Mumbai and Thane, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is ideal for picnics and weekend getaways offering respite from the chaos and buzz of the city. Famed to be one the most liked national parks, visitors throng in thousands to spot Leopards, Macaques, Boars, Lions, Flying fox, Kingfisher, Sunbirds and a significant number of butterflies here. Kanheri caves, which are more than two thousand years old are also a major tourist attraction inside the park premises. The caves have been carved out of the rocky cliffs.
One of the most famous and popular amusement parks in the country, Essel World is located in Gorai, close to the capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai. EsselWorld and Water Kingdom together make one of Asia's largest amusement parks. They expand over an area of 64 acres and are frequented by locals and non-locals from all age groups, especially kids. With some exciting rides and entertainment, Essel World and Water Kingdom are a favourite summer destination for many families. One can plan a day-long picnic or stay overnight at one of the hotels nearby to explore both the amusement parks.
Endearingly known as "India's Disneyland", Adlabs Imagica is the largest theme park of the country situated in Mumbai. Inaugurated in 2013 and sprawling over a humongous area of 300 acres, the Adlabs Imagica is a one stop destination for all water cum adventure activities. Besides, it also boasts of a plethora of restaurants and club both for luxury dining and binge eating.
Located in the outskirts of Mumbai, Yazoo Park is a lovely amusement park spread over and area of 12 acres, catering to all and every age, starting right from the tiny tots to veteran gamers. This bonafide wonderland is a perfect destination for those who want to get out of the crowd of the city and spend a day somewhere quieter and closer to nature, but also do not want to miss out on the plethora of rides and recreations that any premier amusement park would offer.
A one of its kind entertainment hub in Lower Parel area of Mumbai, Smaaash is one of the best destinations for a fun day outing in the City of Dreams. Smaaash has taken video gaming to a whole new level of excitement and expertise with a fun culmination of sports, music, virtual reality, simulation technology and creative digital designing. Launched in 2012 by the biggest sportsperson India has ever had, Sachin Tendulkar, who also happens to be their brand ambassador, Smaaash has now spread across all over the country with outlets in cities like Bangalore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Siliguri.
A fascinating relief from the infamous heat and humidity of Mumbai, Snow World is a one-of-a-kind snow theme park located in Phoenix Market City of Kurla, Mumbai. It is the perfect destination for you and your family to spend a day skating and sledging on ice, throwing snowballs at each other and enjoy the very realistic snowfall in the Snow Dance arena. To go with the theme of the park and to provide guests with a very authentic feel of land covered in snow, the temperature is kept at -10°C - an exciting contrast from the weather conditions Mumbai gets, even in winter.
Believed to be Asia's largest theme water park, the Water Kingdom is an enormous family-friendly water cum amusement park in Mumbai. Boasting of a number of small and large pools and featuring speed modulated slides, pool waves, lazy river etc, the park is a big hit among the kids and the adults. In addition to that, you can also opt for a fish pedicure on the premises. For kids and adults like the Water Kingdom is a welcome respite from the heat and hassles of Mumbai.
KidZania basically is an indoor attraction or a themed amusement park that spreads across an area of 1.73 acres. It is a fun attraction made especially for children within the age of 2 and 16. Its core concept is to have an interactive platform where children can feel inspired and learn through fun activities. The aim of the attraction is also to create a global entertainment and learning brand to contribute towards the growth of children by motivating, empowering and educating them in a unique, city-like Atmosphere.
Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park is a relatively new park constructed in Mumbai. The highlight of the park are the seven charming zones that it is divided into - Texas Cowboy, Greek Village, Colo Theatrum, Viva Las Vegas, Wonders of the World, Lake Venetia and Spanish food. Besides, the wonderful setting and construction, the park also has a massive food court, facilitates boasting and has thrill rides for both adults and kids.
The city of dreams Mumbai has lots of amazing factors, whether it's the glorious Gateway of India, Chowpatty's chaat, gushing waves of Juhu beach and of course the Bollywood. Apart from all these, it has many surprises too, and Aarey Colony is one of them. In this busy city, people often search for some peaceful and quality time with their dear ones. Many go for holidays at other places away from the fast-paced life. Those who are not able to go for vacations, Chota Kashmir located in Aarey Colony is the perfect place to be.
Pandavkada Falls is a 107 metres tall waterfall near Mumbai. It is a plunge type waterfall that flows through the mountains of the Western Ghats of Mumbai and cascades down with immense speed over rock formations underneath. It takes about 3 hours to reach the waterfall from Mumbai and barely an hour and a half from Navi Mumbai during low traffic situations. So, this attraction is quite preferred for a short trek or a day-long picnic, especially during the monsoon season when the mountains are covered with dense natural vegetation and provide for a beautiful escape from the routine.
Formerly known as Ranichi Bagh meaning Queen's Gardens, Jijamata Udyan is the only zoo in the city of Mumbai. Its former name is a depiction of the original British name Victoria Gardens. Now it is also known as Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, named after the mother of Shivaji, the hero of Maratha Empire. The zoo is located in the heart of the city in Byculla. Built in 1861, it is the only zoo of Mumbai and one of the oldest in India. In the zoo, you can witness many wild animals in separate enclosures such as lion, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants and many more.